State of the Union Preview

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 3:11pm

Kristen Dahlgren previews tonight's State of the Union Address.

As the president puts the finishing polish on tonight's state of the union speech, advisors would only give a general idea of what to expect.

Austan Goolsbee, the president’s Chairman Council of Economic Advisers, says "the president is firmly committed to long run fiscal consolidation and addressing the fiscal problems we have known about for 30 years.”

The speech will likely focus on jobs, the president recently gave an online preview to supporters.

But tonight's address will also seek to continue the tone seen in Tucson. The parents of shooting victim Christina Taylor Green will be in the First Lady's box. A seat in the chamber will be left open for Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Many Republicans and Democrats have vowed to sit together.

Sen. Mark Udall says "we want to change the tone and show the public we can work together."

But don't expect agreement on everything. The House votes this afternoon on a plan to cut the budget to 2008 levels.

House Speaker John Boehner says "I'm hopeful the president is listening to American people. And hoping investment is not more stimulus spending and government spending in Washington."

Tonight, budget chair Paul Ryan will offer the official Republican response. Michelle Bachmann will speak for the Tea Party. But the most anticipated speech comes from the president, now halfway through his term, looking to layout the future and build on some recent success.

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